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Pat Blythe – Mind and body in isolation…..losing the connection

Posted in COVID 19, life, music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 29, 2020 by segarini

We all need touch…..human touch. A handshake, a hug, the brushing of legs, a gentle pat on the arm in conversation, holding hands, arms around shoulders, brushing hair from a face, the playful tug on your ear from a baby….it’s all about touch. It’s what we crave. It’s what we desire. It’s reassuring. It’s caring. It’s affection. It’s love. It’s unspoken words. Touch is how the blind “see” us. Touch is what connects us to ourselves and each other and we’re losing that connection.

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Pat Blythe – This is not about COVID……and music

Posted in life, music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 22, 2020 by segarini

This column is usually about the clubs, the music, the bands, the nightlife and the denizens of Toronto who haunt those places. The clubs are shuttered, the live music has stopped, bands are silent and the nightlife…..well there isn’t any. Yes musicians (solo or otherwise) are busy streaming on any platform possible. Artists from the around the world record themselves in isolation and then join together via video to perform, Brady Bunch style. All around the world people are trying to keep everyone’s spirits up as we sit, isolated in our homes, many alone, having had no physical human contact in almost three months.

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Pat Blythe – The new four-letter F word…..and music…..

Posted in life, music, Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , on April 8, 2020 by segarini

PLEASE NOTE: This piece is “in opinion” only. If there are any facts to relay I will note the source. Whether you agree or disagree or agree to disagree, that’s up to you. I am not seeking rebuttals, a long list of factoids or caustic criticism. If you feel the urge to respond, think first.

I’m heading into my third day off FB. I had to “self isolate” from the ridiculous suppositions, guesswork, predictions, shoddy and irresponsible attention-seeking media coverage, accusations, the idiotic ramblings of the doofus south of the border and the crazy busybodies’ trying to act as judge and jury to those out and about. It’s all beginning to overwhelm the minutest display of humour and especially the music. Then there was the false report of a dog in Japan dying of the virus. But when social media lit up like the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center with the news a Bengal tiger in Boston Zoo had tested positive for corona virus I lost it! (I refuse to post it here)

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Pat Blythe – Is that hand sanitizer in your pocket or are you just happy to be within 6ft of me…..and music…..

Posted in life, music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 1, 2020 by segarini

I keep checking my calendar to see what day it is. It’s Toosday….column writing day and the last day of March….out like a lamb. With the kinder weather approaching the great outdoors beckons. We still need to stretch our legs, get some fresh air, shop for the necessities and experience some sort of live human connection, even from a distance. We need it to thrive. Zoom, Skype, et al simply don’t cut it 100% of the time. Just don’t be stupid or careless about it. Common sense should prevail. Don’t be breathing down each other’s necks. Hugging and kissing are verboten for the moment. Social distancing is the new norm. When around other humans respect their space and give them some space.

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Pat Blythe – Coronavirus fashion trends….

Posted in life, Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , on March 25, 2020 by segarini

I have been writing my brains out over the past week. A number of great assignments through Fiverr and I’ve now managed to scoop a rather lucrative project that will probably see me through the rest of the month. These stay-at-home projects are just what the doctor ordered. Helps to keep my mind off other things…..or not……

With all the insane craziness going on all around the world we are pretty much stuck inside our homes. Reading all the messages on FB and IG, apparently most of us are making wardrobe choices that reflect that cooped-up feeling. Who needs to make a fashion statement at the office these days? Our daily maintenance routines aren’t so daily anymore. With all the beauty and nail salons closed I’m thinking the heavy use of hats and scarves is next. Either that or there’s going to be a lot of Miss Clairol flying off the shelves. Hands and feet? I’ll leave that up to you.

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Pat Blythe – Symphonic Jazz (Part V)….an anniversary…..and music

Posted in music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 26, 2020 by segarini

I will be taking a small hiatus for the next two weeks while my eye heals. Cataract surgery is scheduled for Thursday and then time to heal and give my eye(s) a rest. First the left eye…..then the right. At this point I don’t know how far apart (or close together) the surgeries will be. Once this is over with, well…..look out summer, here I come!!!

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Pat Blythe – The Blues and Jazz Brothers….instruments….and music….

Posted in music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 19, 2020 by segarini

Trying to touch on as many things as possible without boring you or losing everyone’s attention is challenging. Hitting the highlights, giving you a flavour without overloading everyone on the nitty gritty details is what I’m aiming for. There are musicians, the instruments that intermingle across all the genres and the endless music…. I am finding it fascinating to learn about how both blues and jazz evolved through the years. Every facet of music today has been touched and influenced by these two genres without many young musicians even realizing it. They don’t realize how lucky they are!

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Pat Blythe – All That Jazz – Part III…..the photographers…..and music

Posted in music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 12, 2020 by segarini

I am completely, unequivocally lost in the world and the power of jazz.

Call it a little pre-spring cleaning but tidying up I found, tucked away in among my vast collection of British history books, (okay, one large floor to ceiling bookcase) was this wonderful coffee-table book on jazz. Unfortunately I cannot remember who gifted me this gem but I thank you. Photographed by the late Toronto-based photographer John Reeves, Gene Lees Jazz Lives encompasses 100 portraits of jazz musicians from around the world. The forward is a brief but concise history of jazz. The following pages are gorgeous portraits of the individual artists and a short history of each.

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Pat Blythe – All That Jazz Part II…..and music

Posted in music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 5, 2020 by segarini

I’ve spent the past few nights watching Ken Burns’ documentary Jazz. Released in January 2001, Burns gives us a birds-eye view of what he calls “the most original American art form”. A close friend has provided the entire DVD series (big thanks) as a “must watch” and I, being a lover of history (and writing about this very subject) have had my eyeballs glued to the screen. Burns starts off at the turn of the 20th century taking us through the birth and evolution of jazz music. There are 10 episodes with the final one covering an entire 40 years, from 1961 to 2001.

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Pat Blythe – All That Jazz…..and music…..

Posted in music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , on January 30, 2020 by segarini

I have been itching to write a series on jazz for quite some time. When I started writing for DBAWIS five years ago I not only wanted to feature the local music scene but dive into the music itself as well as feature the artists who provide us such pleasure. My first series was Women in Song. This was followed by Women of Blues and finally a third series, Women of Rock. I’ve researched and written about the drums, the guitar and how music itself affects the brain and body for both the listener and the writer. Now it’s time for a little jazz.

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